Poor turnout reported in Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary and Council by-elections

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Results are beginning to trickle in, following Saturday’s Parliamentary and Council by-elections in Zimbabwe.


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The country’s main political parties Zanu-PF, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the Coalition Citizens for Change (CCC) had, in recent weeks, been campaigning in areas where the polls were taking place.

It is reported that the turnout was very poor in most of the constituencies in the capital, Harare.

The turnout ranged below 40% and in some instances below 30%. The only high turnout was in the rural constituencies.

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The Zanu-PF party currently controls parliament with a two-thirds majority.

The parliamentary poll has been conducted in eight out of the country’s 10 provinces.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said on Friday all logistical arrangements were in place and it has set up 1 317 polling stations for the parliamentary election across the eight provinces.